iLASIK Cornwall, Ontario | Premium Vision Surgical Centre

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Pre-LASIK Surgery Education

The primary objective of your consultation is to determine whether you are a candidate for laser  eye surgery, and if so, which procedure is most appropriate for you. We will educate you about why LASIK surgery is or is not right for you, and about the benefits and risks associated with this type of surgery.

Before LASIK surgery, we will help you understand what results you can reasonably expect after the procedure, given your particular prescription and individual circumstances. Remember that scheduling a consultation DOES NOT obligate you to move forward with the procedure.

Candidates for Laser Vision Eye Surgery Should Generally:

• Be at least 18 years of age or older
• Have stable vision for a year prior to the procedure
• Be free of certain diseases of the cornea and retina
• Be in good general health

Determination for LASIK candidacy has to be made on an individual basis, taking into consideration your medical history, prescription and other health factors.  We recommend (before LASIK surgery) that you take advantage of PVSC’s complimentary pre-procedure consultation at one of our laser vision eye surgery centers. This consultation, or a similar screening from a PVSC-affiliated doctor, is mandatory before LASIK surgery at PVSCs.

If the eye doctor determines you are not a good LASIK candidate today, you may still be a good candidate in the future or to alternative procedures like lens exchange (CLE or RLE).  The technology for laser eye surgery is constantly being enhanced, enabling people with higher and more difficult prescriptions to be good LASIK candidates. Laser  eye surgery is not for everyone, however, and some patients (those with certain diseases of the eye involving the cornea and retina) will never be candidates. The best way for you to find out is by having a thorough, no-obligation LASIK consultation at PVSC.

iLASIK Pre-operative and Post-operative Instructions

Below are pre and post op instructions to help guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible for you. Having a better understanding of what is involved in preparing for surgery, the day of surgery, and what to do after surgery, helps you know what to expect.

Pre-operative Evaluation for LASIK Surgery

Proper planning and care increases the success rate of any surgery. To save time there are many elements of the evaluation that should be clear to each prospective candidate. The elements of the final exam are also important for the proper surgical plan. You are required to stop wearing contact lenses prior to the surgery: 7 days for soft lenses, two weeks for toric lenses, and 2-3 weeks for rigid gas permeable lenses (or until the cornea is stable). Bring a driver/friend/family member. No make-up.

Understanding the Surgery

Each patient has a responsibility to understand the surgery, its potential risks and benefits. A discussion of these elements is important. You should understand the following prior to signing the consent form:

  • What is a realistic expectation
  • Alternatives to LASIK including glasses, contact lenses, PRK, lens surgeries.
  • Effect of surgery on close up vision if you are approaching 40 years of age (the need for reading glasses)
  • Risks including infection, glare, halos, wrinkles in the flap, loss of best corrected vision

Preparing for surgery

  • You are required to stop wearing contact lenses prior to the surgery: 7 days for soft lenses, two weeks for toric lenses, and 2-3 weeks for rigid gas permeable lenses (or until the cornea is stable)
  • A driver must accompany the patient or prior arrangement for transportation.
  • Take your regular medications
  • No perfume or any make-up
  • Eat a light breakfast or lunch
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing
  • You must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the day of surgery

Day of Surgery

Please arrive on time. You will be escorted to the laser room only after you have signed the consent form and all your questions were answered. The following are temporary side effects of the procedure, which usually last a short period of time:

  • Foreign body, scratchy sensation
  • Tearing
  • Light sensitivity
  • Fluctuation and blurring of vision for the first few days that usually improves over the next few weeks
  • Halos at night
  • Red spots of blood on the white part of the eye
  • Most of the vision correction occurs within the first 24 hours

After the Surgery for the first week

Please read carefully!

Do not rub your eyes

  • Many patients return to work within a day or two of their LASIK procedure. Be sure to follow the restrictions below. Otherwise, as long as you follow your doctor’s instructions, you should be free to resume all of your normal activities.
  • Do not rub or squeeze your eyes for one week
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Wear the eye shield/sunglasses for the first three nights after the surgery.
  • It is very important to keep up all your post-operative appointments
  • The Drops are the following:
    • Pred Forte (prednisolone acetate ophthalmic 1%) Every 2 hrs for 48hrs then four times daily for a week]
    • Zymar 0.3% Sol (gatifloxacin Ophthalmic Sol, Allergan) 4 time per day for a week.
    • Blink Artificial Tears, QID as needed (Repeat as needed).

Zymar eye drops  PRED FORTE blink tears

  • Your doctor will tell you when it is safe for you to drive following surgery, typically after one day.
  • Read in moderation for the first few days after your LASIK procedure.
  • Do not wear eye makeup for one week.
  • Do not exercise for one week.
  • Avoid swimming, hot tubs and whirlpools for one week after your procedure.
  • Avoid gardening and dusty environments for one week.
  • Avoid contact sports that could result in an eye injury for one month.
  • Smoking is allowed, but the smoke may irritate your eyes.
  • Call the office if you have severe pain that cannot be controlled with over the counter pain medications. 613-933-9100 OR email Support@PrevmiumVisionSC.Com.

After the Surgery Long term

  • Do not rub your eyes for one month after you have LASIK.
  • The first few months: Your doctor will monitor the healing process and make sure that your eyes are comfortable and seeing well.
  • Keep your annual follow-ups with the optometrist to maintain your lifetime enhancement guarantee
  • Feel free to use lubricating drops for dryness.
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